The courier and larger scale haulage industry is not a new concept. As the world has grown more connected and we have become a truly global society, more than ever we are moving goods between nations and continents and even into space for the International Space Station. The ‘movers’ of the world don’t appear to be losing trade, even as more of our business is done online.
Of course, the rise of online, you could argue, has helped. With companies like Amazon, eBay and others offering click and collect and postage services of all different types, smaller courier firms have capitalised and grown. So too have the larger haulage companies who move larger stocks across nations or oceans.
We’ve all done it, check anxiously to see when the tracking for our latest online purchase is changed to ‘dispatched’ and eventually to ‘out for delivery’. We’ve all been quietly impressed that seconds after signing for a parcel at our front doors, our phone will buzz with the confirmation of delivery.
This is no small feat, the technology that has been developed is large-scale, impressive and all encompassing. From tracking current stock levels in its warehouses to knowing exactly what box sizes its operatives need to use (often to ensure the vans are loaded well), Amazon’s systems, for example, are incredibly sophisticated. So much so, of course, that from this the company developed Amazon Web Services, the data firm that is now sold all over the world to larger organisations and is used by the likes of the Formula One owners to provide viewers with data and insight during the racing.
Once a parcel has been dispatched, it’s tracked through the network using the barcodes on the labels and a series of connected devices, giving you up to date information about where your parcel is and what time it will arrive at your front door.
Other companies too are using similar software capabilities when delivering goods. From rice in supermarkets to super tankers full of luxury goods, all of this information is tracked, logged and stored for the companies’ customers to access.
As technology for deliveries and haulage has grown, so too has the technology for looking after the vehicles that get the product to us. Be it on land, sea or air, these vehicles are used throughout the year and must be kept to often strict maintenance levels with accurate record keeping due to the nature of the goods they carry and the distances they cover. Companies such as Sertica offer Fleet Management Software that takes away the need for endless files of paperwork and spreadsheets to track dates and schedules. With central and streamlined data overview, companies can see what they need to do and when. That way, they can focus on securing more business and less time on worrying about the state of the fleet.